Natick-based designer Laurie Gorelick completed a unique project last year: She decorated side-by-side town homes for sisters with very different tastes. The floor plans of the four-bedroom homes in Newton’s Auburndale village mirror each other, but the younger sibling was looking for a contemporary vibe, while her sister preferred a more traditional look.
1. In the older sister’s living room, a custom velvet ottoman serves as a coffee table, footrest, or extra seating for guests. Its round shape allows for easy traffic flow.
2. The Oriental rug is a family heirloom. “This sister likes saturated colors,” Gorelick says.
3. The raspberry-colored sofa with subtle ombre weave has a traditional feel with its tight back and English arms.
4. Drapes in a floral toile print are hung lower to showcase the window’s cornices.
5. Wing chairs, one in natural linen, the other in a beige and blue print fabric from Kelly Wearstler, offer additional comfortable seating.
6. Fitted with modern grommets, window treatments in the younger sister’s living room feature a diamond pattern, echoed on the sofa’s sides and in one of the throw pillows.
7. The tufted-back sofa has a mid-century feel — its grayish-blue tweed fabric adds texture and warmth.
8. Twin Parsons-style cocktail tables are wrapped in a gray textured faux leather and have clear glass tops.
9. A Lucite and brass Jonathan Adler bench is perhaps the room’s most modern piece.
10. The French bergere-style chair has a distressed wood frame with a casual vibe.Send comments to email@example.com.